10 Street Photography Tips

If you are new to street photography, and hanker to try it…try these 10 Street Photography Tips

  1. Wear plain or dark clothing.  You dont want to stand out
  2. Lighten your load.  just carry one camera and one lens. If you are using a DSLR, dont put your biggest lens on.. go for something smaller like a 50mm or 35mm.  Again you dont want to stand out.
  3. Get your settings right before you start, dont wander around changing them.
  4. If you are taking a picture, dont put the camera down from your eye and stop as soon as you have got it.  Pretend you are still shooting and your subject wont (usually) think you shot them
  5. If you are with a friend, pretend you are photographing them.. .but shoot past them
  6. Some suggest shooting from the hip, I have never been successful with this.  Shoot from the eye, but follow #4.  If you have a transitional back screen where you can see into it while sitting awesome!  use it.
  7. You are shooting ‘on the fly’ so shutter speed is important.  You want to be able to freeze the motion of moving people, and sometimes in poor light.  General rule of thumb is the shutter speed equals the focal point e.g. 50mm is 1/50th second.. if you find you get camera shake bring your shutter speed up a bit
  8. Shoot with ISO 800 and above unless its very bright.  The higher ISO will give you sharper images if the shutter is slow
  9. Pay attention to whats happening in your area.. protest marches, fairs and festivals by nature bring lots of people and they usually expect to see camera’s at these events
  10. Patience.  Sometimes you will see a perfect spot.. sit.. wait.. chill.. and when the right subject walks into your frame, grab the shot!
Outside Parliment House, Melbourne



The Great Disconnect

The Great Disconnect

Still Holding Hands

Love Lingers On


Whittlesea Show

The Woodchopper

Hosiers Lane


Apollo Bay Harbour


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One Comment

  1. Margo August 3, 2015 at 8:09 am #

    Great shots and I’ve never heard of Vivian Maier, so this was a treat. Thanks.

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